The Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership (TVCRP) have made history as the first in the North to attain Department for Transport’s (DfT) Accreditation Status.

Accreditation is formal recognition by the DfT that a community rail partnership (CRP) operates to a high standard and that its objectives and activities are supported by Government.

Accreditation should provide assurance to others, including potential funders and partners, that the CRP operates to high standards of governance and financial propriety; adopts a collaborative approach; is worthy of trust by others; and is a suitable entity for receiving public funds. Furthermore, Government considers it a good representative of the local community.

 

Taking the Railway to the Community in the Tyne Valley.

The last few weeks have been very busy for the volunteers of the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership, as they promote the Tyne Valley Railway and the operator Northern.

Last month the TVCRP took part in Community Rail in the City at Glasgow Central Station. Our Tourism Intern, Matthew Barrett, constructed a model of the Roman Wall which was painted by the Platform Painters of Haltwhistle. As the Tyne Valley Railway runs through Hadrian's Wall Country, it seemed such a waste to use this wall for only one event, it has been adapted and has now been used on several occasions to promote the railway and several Hadrian's Wall attractions.

Community Rail in the City Glasgow 1As part of Community Rail in the City, the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership took its stand to Glasgow Central Station, the busiest station in Scotland. The purpose of the event was to promote the Tyne Valley line in Northumberland and Cumbria and to make Glasgow travellers aware of the fantastic scenery along the Roman Wall, which is well within reach by train for a stress free day out.

As part of the franchise agreement Northern and the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership have appointed Station Ambassadors, a group of volunteers who will look after their stations and make them look attractive for the passengers. Ambassadors have recently been appointed at Blaydon and already have begun to make their presence felt.

Following a very successful Christmas Late Night Shopping in Haltwhistle, Northumberland, it was decided to repeat this for Easter on Maundy Thursday, when all the local shops stayed open until 8pm.